Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network

"As people, we often deal with our emotions the way my oldest son used to clean his room: by shoving everything under the bed…. By engaging in the creative arts, it allows one to clean his or her emotional room a little at a time and, maybe more importantly, it allows it to happen without judgment...
"At first glance, the arts and the military might seem to have very little in common. But in truth, the two disciplines have a long history together. From the Greek playwright Aeschylus who took the ancient Persian-Greek wars as his subject circa 472 BC, to Walt Whitman who not only wrote...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe the arts have a unique ability to heal, and our investments reflect this belief. In the new issue of NEA Arts magazine, we look at projects that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported at the intersection of arts and healing. Stories...
A man in brown Navy uniform plays the piano and wears a harmonica on a neckstrap while another man looks on
When retired Navy corpsman Jason Danley finished his tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, “It was really hard to find where I fit because it was almost like I didn’t relate...
Viewers of the 2017 National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., observed a unique performance when Captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America” with singer Renee Fleming . This may not seem extraordinary—unless you know what Captain Avila looks like. Wheelchair-bound, he had difficulty...
Two years ago Creative Forces Music Therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil met Master Sergeant Michael Schneider at Walter Reed Medical Center. Newly retired from military service, Schneider was still in treatment for injuries he had suffered during deployment, including traumatic brain injury and PTSD. In...
Visit our Creative Forces page to read more from retired Marine master gunnery sergeant Christopher Stowe on learning the art of glassblowing as a form of therapeutic art.
As director of the Art League’s IMPArt program , which offers free visual arts classes to injured military personnel, Blair Meerfield has seen up close and in person how engaging with the arts can transform an individual. “You sit there and watch people come in without much to say, not interacting...
Back in early June, the NEA partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health on a two-day symposium called Sound Health: Music and the Mind . True to its title, the gathering brought together researchers and therapists, artists and musicians,...
Viewers of the 2017 National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., observed a unique performance when Captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America” with singer Renee Fleming . This may not seem extraordinary—unless you know what Captain Avila looks like. Wheelchair-bound, he had difficulty...

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